Friday, June 14, 2013
The Iowa Supreme Court has imposed suspensions of eighteen months of two attorneys for charging excessive fees during the last two decades of a thirty-year representation of a ward.
The ward was a Vietnam veteran who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. He had inherited 160 acres of farmland from his mother's estate.
Some of the charges were legal fees for administrative services.
Thee was also a conflict of interest in a farmland lease to another firm client.
The court rejected the proposed three-year suspension, noting that the attorneys had stepped forward to serve as conservators when no family member was willing to do so.